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Dental Crowns
Dentist Stuart, FL

A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a prosthetic that is placed on the tooth for protection. The main reason a crown is added is to cover a tooth that is damaged. The crown provides a level of strength to the tooth as well as improves the overall appearance and alignment of teeth. The process of adding a crown can only be completed in a dentist’s office, and only the dentist can remove it. Here at Colin M. McKinney, DMD, we can provide crowns for all your dental needs.

Types of Crowns

There are four basic crown types that can be used to cap the teeth. With each type, there are pros and cons. Ceramic is a common type of crown material used to cover the front teeth. Ceramic is chosen for this section of the mouth due to the ability to look natural with your existing teeth. The crown will be created from a material based in porcelain.

Another type of crown, one that provides a stronger bond than porcelain, is porcelain-fused to metal. This type of crown is very durable because the crown is connected to a metal structure. For crowns that need to last for many years, gold alloy is a popular choice. The crown is created from a mixture of gold and copper, along with other metals. The material adheres strongly to the tooth and will not fracture or wear away over time.

The last material often used for crowns is a base metal alloy. The crown will be created from non-noble metals. This creates a cap that is corrosion resistant. For this crown type, the affected tooth needs to be healthy before the crown is added.

How is the Crown Placed?

When we provide a crown procedure, there are several steps involved. Two visits are generally needed to complete the full treatment. To begin, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the procedure. The outer portion of the tooth will be removed so that the crown will be able to fit. Any present decay will be removed at this time.

If the structure of the tooth is lacking, the dentist will use this time to build up the core for additional support when the crown is added. Next, an impression is made to ensure the model for the crown will be able to create a cap that perfectly fits your tooth.

A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth while the permanent crown is being created. It only takes a short amount of time to create a permanent crown. The model created of your tooth is used to make the permanent crown. Once ready, the crown is placed on the tooth and any adjustments made. Once the crown is ready for permanent placement, the dentist will use cement to adhere the cap to the tooth.

Care should be taken by the patient to avoid damaging the crown. Remember to brush and floss regularly, as well as attend cleanings. Avoid chewing hard foods in the area where the crown is located as breakage can occur.

For more information about dental crowns, call the experienced professionals here at Colin M. McKinney, DMD at (772) 266-2223 today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why might I need a dental crown?

Dental crowns serve as versatile prosthetic devices essential for restoring damaged or weakened teeth. Crowns offer complete coverage protection, preventing further decay and strengthening tooth structure. Often termed 'caps,' these crowns are tailor-made to fit over the visible portion of a tooth above the gum line.

The primary objective of dental crowns is to safeguard and reinforce compromised teeth, reinstating their functionality and aesthetics. They commonly address issues such as severe tooth decay, fractures, cracks, large fillings, or post-root canal therapy. Additionally, they enhance misshapen or discolored teeth, promoting overall smile symmetry and attractiveness.

Post root canal therapy, crowns protect weakened teeth from fractures, restoring appearance and functionality. In cosmetic dentistry, crowns enhance misshapen or discolored teeth, improving overall smile symmetry and attractiveness.

What are dental crowns made of?

Crafted from diverse materials like ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, metal alloys, or composite resin, crowns offer distinct advantages based on individual needs and preferences. Selection depends on factors like tooth location, aesthetic preferences, and budget constraints. Dental professionals adeptly guide patients to the most suitable option, aligning with their needs and offering tailored solutions.
•  Ceramic crowns: Renowned for their natural appearance, these seamlessly blend with adjacent teeth, ideal for front teeth restorations.
•  Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns: Combine metal strength with porcelain's aesthetic appeal, suitable for both anterior and posterior teeth.
•  Metal crowns: Crafted from alloys like gold or platinum, they offer exceptional durability, commonly used for posterior restorations.
•  Zirconia crowns: Known for remarkable strength and durability, they suit both anterior and posterior teeth, with high fracture and wear resistance.
•  Composite resin crowns: Made from tooth-colored materials, they offer excellent aesthetics and bonding capabilities, often utilized for temporary or cosmetic restorations.

Is getting a dental crown painful?

Dental crowns themselves are not painful because the tooth being treated is typically numbed with local anesthesia during the procedure. However, some patients may experience discomfort or sensitivity in the treated tooth or surrounding gums for a few days after the crown placement. This discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

How do I care for a dental crown?

To care for a dental crown, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. Avoid biting down on hard objects or using your teeth to open packages to prevent damage to the crown. Additionally, schedule regular dental check-ups to ensure the crown remains in good condition and address any issues early on.

Are there alternatives to dental crowns?

There are alternatives to dental crowns, such as dental veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental bonding. These alternatives may be used depending on the specific dental issue, the extent of damage, and the patient's preferences. It's best to consult with our dentist to determine the most suitable option for your individual needs.
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